|Beautiful penmanship in an old|
bible that I own
Sometimes I dream about living in an era of the past, or at least a romanticised version of the past. It is then that I shake myself and remember the horrors of life without modern medicine and women's equality, a life made possible by horrendous slavery and a distinct class-based society....and I think again.
|My tailor made this wool vest|
from scratch - it will last me
I guess some bits about the past that I like are certainly wrapped up in the notions surrounding well-to-do white rural families, but mostly the bits that I like are things like the following:
|Detailed stitching on the french cuffs|
of my business shirts
- The sheer muscle power required to clear millions of acres of farming land from bush land
- Home made music
- The multi-faceted knowledge of the jack-of-all-trades
- No plastic
- The love, care and total over-engineering that went into house design and construction
- The true sense of occasion of fete's, agricultural shows, church and afternoon tea
- Men in work suits
|Victorian style clutter on my piano|
- That hard work could truly improve your life fortunes.
- Horses, everywhere
- The direct connection between what was consumed to what was produced
- The minimised activity after sunset
- The importance of nearby rivers, wells, streams and dams
- Gold rushes!
- Community (not hip community...real community)
- The forgotten arts
|1884 pedal organ I own|
- Seasons as a life-source
- Lanterns and fires
- Cash...in particular, coinage
- Leather and wool
- English and penmanship as a daily art form
- A knowledge that new worlds and countries were yet to be discovered, pioneered and settled (yes, I would have been one of the folk who jumped on a boat and started a new life)
- Tailors and seamstresses, hat makers and glove makers
- The blacksmith, the potter, the butcher and the baker.
|My cuff link and tie pin box|
These days I indulge myself in small ways to reach out to the past whilst both feet are firmly nailed to the present. I love dinner by the light of our kerosene lamps....oddly, most people that pass through our home enjoy this too. I love real musical instruments not synthesised versions....we have silver flutes, piano, pump organs, trumpet, acoustic guitar and ukulele. I love wearing woolen suits with tailored vests, tailored shirts, cuff links, ties, tie pins and felt hats to work....it is a little odd, but my staff are kindly tolerant and probably mildly amused. I love old cars too....but the upkeep cost is prohibitive and the safety factor is terrible.
|Vintage style silk ties|
So, I think it is OK to live in the past as long as it is temporary and in part only. Modern technology, when harness for good, can be a truly wonderful thing. New technologies around solar and nanotechnology excite me very much indeed as does the somewhat more curious concepts of quantum physics. Wisdom is knowing when to choose elements of the present, the past or the future.
|Dinner on the deck this evening|
Take care folks and stay nice now :-)